Laos is a relaxed country, times slows down here, you lay back and see what’s coming down the Mekong river. One of the places visitors can relax the best are coffee shops. This is a list of the best places to have coffee in Vientiane.
They have two shops, one at Setthathilat Road and one an 23 Singha Road. The latter offers more space, but not that much food. Coffee is good, staff speaks English and services you well. Internet isn’t free. If you want to sit on your own, go to 23 Singha. If you want to watch backpackers skyping with mom at home, go to Setthathilat Road. Try the bread with peanut butter!
Benino Cafe at Phimpone Supermarket
As part of the most popular and well equipped supermarkets in town, especially for expats, the tiny Cafe is a hidden gem. Not only that it serves good Laos coffee (all kinds of variety’s, it also has delicious sandwiches. Try the mozzarella-ham-pesto baguette! Staff is overwhelming friendly, Wifi available. Sit outside with expats and watch people passing by on the main road (Setthathilat). It is located opposite Nam Phou Square.
The coffee shop is part of the Lotus silk hotel, and therefor not that big. But If you are around this part of town, pay a visit. It is a quiet place, not that many people so you can be on your own. Staff is very friendly (and sometimes funny). Good quality in coffee and some pastries. Located at Rue Francois Ngin.
This is a success story of Laos. Joma bakery has a shop in Luang Prabang, and two in Vientiane, giving you a bit of a Starbucks feeling. They serve organic Lao coffee, made as a Coffee Latte, Americano, Expresso and several Frappucinos. Joma is located opposite to Nam Phou Fountain and at Phonthan between Sengdara Fitness and the Water tower. staff is trained to perfection, always smiling. Wifi for free (although pretty slow). Joma Nam Phou is always busy with expats and tourists, while the other one is just opening on February 1st (and replaces the shop at the Waterpark). Try the Bagel Egger for breakfast.